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Stan in LA : 6/9/2019 12:20 am
The Dead, John Huston's last film.
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1974  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:12 pm : link
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Wow, didn't realise coppola  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:13 pm : link
I just saw it once on late tv and it stuck in my head
It was appealing because there's this  
idiotsavant : 6/9/2019 12:20 pm : link
Every day quality to the private eyes, it's just a trade show in the early going, and the typical banter and shop talk, then the typical drinking if the day, showing off the nerdy equipment...as opposed to jumping right into James bond adventure.

Plus, the whole paranoid aspect and surveillance issues resonate in this digital age.
The Moonshine War  
JerseyCityJoe : 6/9/2019 12:20 pm : link
Its not on very often but it is one of my favorites. Watch it to see Alan Alda with a hillbilly accent if nothing else.
The Sure Thing  
Daniel in MI : 6/9/2019 12:53 pm : link
The bad title makes it sound like a Porkyís clone, and it is basically a college kid looking to get laid as the McGuffin, but itís a road trip movie mostly. But Rob Reiner directs it, itís one of Jon Cusackís first movies, Daphne Zuniga is the uptight love interest, Tim Robbins has a good short part as does Anthony Edwards. Some really funny stuff in it. One of my favorite and most quoted comedies from the 80s.
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ghost718 : 6/9/2019 12:53 pm : link
Hombre,probably one of the more quotable movies not talked about on here

Death Rides A Horse
State of Grace(1990)
Hoodlum(1997)
Marked Women(1937)



The Legend of 1900  
yatqb : 6/9/2019 12:54 pm : link
Tim Roth.
Rob Roy  
gtt350 : 6/9/2019 12:57 pm : link
Tim Roth stole that movie
Grandmaís Boy  
TurdFurguson : 6/9/2019 1:01 pm : link
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Eyes Wide Shut...  
bw in dc : 6/9/2019 1:02 pm : link
Cruise, Kidman, Kubrick, et al don't get enough credit for this underrated film...
RE: MacGruber  
tyrik13 : 6/9/2019 1:42 pm : link
In comment 14467292 Motley Two said:
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Fully agree on this one lol
Daniel  
CRinCA : 6/9/2019 1:45 pm : link
I named my first son Nick because of that movie.
RE: Funny mention of Gene Hackman  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/9/2019 2:20 pm : link
In comment 14467404 idiotsavant said:
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Always reminds me of sleepy Joe Biden.

But, I forget the name, Hackman starred in a nifty technical movie about a spooky/spy/private eye who specialised in technical surveillance pre digital age.

There is this scene where, after the surveillance trade show, drinking party in Hackman's loft/industrial/spooky shop, and the plot ensues

Forget the name. Really interesting obscure flick.


The Conversation. Great film, spooky ending, not sure it qualifies as "under-rated."
Late to the party with The Conversation...  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/9/2019 2:24 pm : link
but 98% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and 7.9 IMBD, so not sure not under appreciated.
The 7-Ups (1973)  
Klaatu : 6/9/2019 2:44 pm : link
Gritty, action-packed story of an elite (and unconventional) squad of New York City cops, set in a city at its grimiest, most depressed, and pretty depressing, where it was often difficult to tell the cops from the crooks. Starring Roy Scheider, Victor Arnold, and Tony LoBianco, and featuring an actor named Richard Lynch. You may not recognized the name, but you'll no doubt recognize his face if you're old enough, since he played a psycho/bad guy in damn near every TV show and B-movie in the 70's and 80's. Look quick or you might miss an early role by the late, great Joe Spinell (Willie Cicci in the Godfather movies).
Great thread!  
Grey Pilgrim : 6/9/2019 3:15 pm : link
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Chopper  
montanagiant : 6/9/2019 3:38 pm : link
I am Mother (just came out on Netflix)
Once we were warriors
We Were Soldiers  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 6/9/2019 3:40 pm : link
I do fast forward the sappy war wives part, meh Hollywood.
The Dark Corner (1946)  
Klaatu : 6/9/2019 4:34 pm : link
When lists of the best Film Noir movies are compiled, you can be sure to find classics like Double Indemnity, Laura, The Big Heat, Touch of Evil, and The Third Man (to name five) on those lists. Rarely, though will you find this gem of a flick listed, which is a real shame.

Starring Lucille Ball (yes, that Lucille Ball), Clifton Webb, Williiam Bendix, and Mark Stevens, it's the story of a private detective with a checkered past who's framed for a murder he didn't commit, and the lengths his new secretary will go to to clear his name.

Look quick for an early, uncredited role by square-jawed John Russell (Lawman, Rio Bravo) as a policeman.
I really like the movie Warrior.  
Mike from SI : 6/9/2019 4:50 pm : link
Tom Hardy is Bane-level jacked and it's a nice story. Not sure I'd call it "great," but I always recommend it to people.
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Yup, great thread to follow  
mfsd : 6/9/2019 6:10 pm : link
some great ones mentioned, and several others Iíve never seen and have to queue up

A couple randoms to add to the pile:

F/X - Bryan Brown (probably best know for playing Tom Cruiseís bartender mentor in Cocktail) plays a movie special effects guy hired to stage a hit on a mob boss before a trial

Target - kind of a precursor to Taken, Gene Hackman plays a former CIA agent, Matt Dillon plays his son who doesnít know about his fathers past, and they have to team up to rescue their kidnapped mother in Europe

Legend - Tom Hardy plays both of the Kray brothers, set in the 60s London underworld.

Malice - not sure if qualifies as underrated, was pretty well regarded early 90s drama with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, with a good twist midway through

Donít know if any of these would count as great, but all worthy efforts for their genre
Not really under-rated given Rotten Tomatoes 97% but  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/9/2019 6:22 pm : link
perhaps under-appreciated by modern audiences who seem impervious to dialogue.

The Thin Man movies... Myrna Loy is scrumptious, William Powell perfectly debonair in an off beat way, the dialogue snappy and the plot tight and fast paced.

Even the dog, Asta, is great.

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, 1934
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Fade To Black.  
smshmth8690 : 6/9/2019 6:44 pm : link
I also love the Michael Mann movie Manhunter, which was later remade, and titled The Red Dragon.
short lease  
Bill2 : 6/9/2019 6:53 pm : link
Bryan Brown is married to Rachel Ward

I think Rachel Ward was in Sharkeys Machine with Burt Reynolds and then Dead Man don't Wear Plaid with Steve Martin

And then Against All Odds with Jeff Bridges and James Woods. The Phil Collins song Against All Odds is from this movie

if you find a picture of Rachel Ward from that era...that's an underrated beautiful woman
Some with Jeff Bridges come to mind  
GiantEgo : 6/9/2019 7:23 pm : link
Tucker as was mentioned up thread

Cutters Way

The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Matador  
santacruzom : 6/9/2019 7:59 pm : link
Pierce Brosnan is absurdly entertaining, and it's more moving than you'd expect.
London  
Hsilwek92 : 6/9/2019 8:05 pm : link
With Chris Evans, Jessica Biel and Jason Statham.
Confidence  
figgy2989 : 6/9/2019 8:17 pm : link
Great movie with a tremendous ending
The Lookout (Joseph Gordon Levitt)  
j_rud : 6/9/2019 8:53 pm : link
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (movie with Gary Oldman, still haven't seen the miniseries with Alec Guinness)
The Good Shepherd (Matt Damon)
The Descendants (George Clooney)
Outside Providence (Dildo Dunphy)
RE: Some with Jeff Bridges come to mind  
Stu11 : 6/9/2019 9:15 pm : link
In comment 14467706 GiantEgo said:
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Tucker as was mentioned up thread

Cutters Way

The Fabulous Baker Boys

The Kink Kong one he did with Jessica Lange in the 70's was underated. Everyone thinks of the other KK ones, but that one put a modern touch to it while staying true to the story.
RE: The Lookout (Joseph Gordon Levitt)  
bluepepper : 6/9/2019 11:01 pm : link
In comment 14467742 j_rud said:
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (movie with Gary Oldman, still haven't seen the miniseries with Alec Guinness)
The Good Shepherd (Matt Damon)
The Descendants (George Clooney)
Outside Providence (Dildo Dunphy)

FYI: The Tinker Tailor miniseries is free on Youtube. So is the sequel, Smiley's People.

I thought the movie was okay but 2 hours just isn't long enough for that story. A 6 hour mini-series is about the perfect length.
I'll toss in...  
bw in dc : 6/9/2019 11:06 pm : link
Syriana. Great flick that I always try to catch when it's on...
Concorning Tinker, Tailor:  
yatqb : 6/9/2019 11:28 pm : link
I was a huge fan of the miniseries and was initially not blown away by the film, but upon rewatching it, I think they did a great job. Great acting by Oldman, Strong and Firth.
Smoke by Paul Auster and Wayne Wang  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/9/2019 11:29 pm : link
Great cast: William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Forrest Whittaker, Stockard Channing, and Harold Perrineau

"You'll never get it if you don't slow down..." Keitel to the grieving Hurt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGV_h36uZ5E


Also the John Sayles movie "The Brother from Another Planet"

Joe Morton is terrific in the lead role.
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RE: I've  
holmancomedown : 6/10/2019 10:41 am : link
In comment 14467354 Eric from BBI said:
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posted this before, but one of my hidden gems is "October Sky."
yes breaker morant great flick
A lot of movies I like in this thread  
Greg from LI : 6/10/2019 11:13 am : link
Some I like that weren't mentioned:

Let It Ride, 1989 - Richard Dreyfus is a down on his luck cabbie with a gambling addiction who gets a tip on a sure thing, leading him to the day of his life.

Blind Date, 1987 - Bruce Willis' first movie, he goes on the blind date from hell with Kim Basinger.

Go, 1999 - A bit of a Taratinoesque movie with multiple intersecting storylines, a mixture of comedy and drama. Timothy Olyphant steals the movie in a supporting role as a menacing drug dealer.

A Midnight Clear, 1992 - Based on William Goldman's WWII novel, it's not really a war movie but a drama set during a war, about a small squad of American soldiers and their surprising encounters with Germans just before the Battle of the Bulge. Early roles for Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005: Sort of a comedic modern noir story, very funny, with Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer.
RE: The Lookout (Joseph Gordon Levitt)  
santacruzom : 6/10/2019 11:21 am : link
In comment 14467742 j_rud said:
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Dildo Dunphy


I'm assuming you made that name up.
Does Friday Night Lights count  
santacruzom : 6/10/2019 11:25 am : link
As underrated? It was pretty well received and spawned a TV series, but is certainly overshadowed by said series. And while that's justifiable because the series was so exceptional, I wonder if people forget how good the movie was.

That scene in which Booby Myles breaks down in the car with his uncle was one of the most devastating scenes not involving death that I've ever seen. The guy who played his uncle taught a master class on saying everything that can be said merely through facial expressions there.
RE: RE: The Lookout (Joseph Gordon Levitt)  
j_rud : 6/10/2019 1:13 pm : link
In comment 14468084 santacruzom said:
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In comment 14467742 j_rud said:


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Dildo Dunphy



I'm assuming you made that name up.


It's Shawn Hatosy's characters nickname. From his father (Alec Baldwin), as luck would have it.
The Dead was fantastic!  
Tim in JTown : 6/10/2019 8:19 pm : link
I love that film and, of course, the short story.

Not sure if it is still underrated, but My Cousin Vinnie cracks me up every time.

On an entirely different level, Melancholia was long, slow, beautiful and fantastic!
Just remembered a couple more  
montanagiant : 6/11/2019 1:36 am : link
Pope of Greenwich Village
Salton Sea
Breaking Away  
gtt350 : 6/11/2019 10:09 am : link
the father should have gotten an academy award
RE: short lease  
Jim in Forest Hills : 6/11/2019 10:13 am : link
In comment 14467700 Bill2 said:
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Bryan Brown is married to Rachel Ward

I think Rachel Ward was in Sharkeys Machine with Burt Reynolds and then Dead Man don't Wear Plaid with Steve Martin

And then Against All Odds with Jeff Bridges and James Woods. The Phil Collins song Against All Odds is from this movie

if you find a picture of Rachel Ward from that era...that's an underrated beautiful woman


First exposure was the Thornbirds, a cheesy TV mini series. But yes, what a beauty.
MacGruber!  
GMAN4LIFE : 6/11/2019 10:48 am : link
Very underrated
RE: A lot of movies I like in this thread  
Hsilwek92 : 6/11/2019 10:34 pm : link
In comment 14468075 Greg from LI said:
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Some I like that weren't mentioned:

Let It Ride, 1989 - Richard Dreyfus is a down on his luck cabbie with a gambling addiction who gets a tip on a sure thing, leading him to the day of his life.

Blind Date, 1987 - Bruce Willis' first movie, he goes on the blind date from hell with Kim Basinger.

Go, 1999 - A bit of a Taratinoesque movie with multiple intersecting storylines, a mixture of comedy and drama. Timothy Olyphant steals the movie in a supporting role as a menacing drug dealer.

A Midnight Clear, 1992 - Based on William Goldman's WWII novel, it's not really a war movie but a drama set during a war, about a small squad of American soldiers and their surprising encounters with Germans just before the Battle of the Bulge. Early roles for Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005: Sort of a comedic modern noir story, very funny, with Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer.


If you liked Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, check out The Nice Guys with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Same writer and director.
Does Resevior Dogs count as under rated?  
PatersonPlank : 6/12/2019 1:16 pm : link
Momento - does this count?
Move Over, Darling - 1963
Doris Day, James Gardner, Don Polly Bergan, Don Knotts

Crank - 2006
Silent Running...  
x meadowlander : 6/12/2019 1:42 pm : link
...George Lucas borrowed a bit of production technique for Star Wars from this great, peculiar, early 70's 'Space Environmentalist' movie.

Loved it as a kid, rediscovered it in recent years. Starred Bruce Dern.
yes, I love The Nice Guys  
Greg from LI : 6/12/2019 2:29 pm : link
Only reason I didn't mention it is because someone else already did.
RE: a few underrated  
cjac : 6/13/2019 9:45 am : link
In comment 14467329 giantfan2000 said:
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The Silent Partner obscure Canadian movie starring Elliot Gould
After Hours - Scorcesse overlooked film from early 80s
Tucker Man and his dreams - Copolla overlooked film from 80s
The Good Guys - recent movie very funny


Do you mean "The Nice Guys"

That was a very good movie
I almost forgot another great, little known movie  
Greg from LI : 6/13/2019 9:52 am : link
that I mentioned in another threat recently - Tigerland.
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